Doing it in “Styles” for Variety
Variety Children’s Charity WA successfully auctioned its first ever Port Hedland Variety house last weekend in Styles Road, Pretty Pool.
Jan Ford Real Estate auctioneer Brett Philp officiated proceedings and the 84 Styles Road 4 x 2 property, which began with a bid of $1.2 million, quickly rose to $1, 5040, 000.
Among several bidders both on the ground and on the phone, Polar Aviation’s Clark Butson emerged the successful buyer.
Variety WA CEO Michael Pailthorpe was very impressed with the project, particularly given the support the charity received from Landcorp, FMG, trades and local businesses.
“It’ll mean a lot; it will raise a lot of money for the kids in the Pilbara,” he said.
“It’s just gone extremely well; in fact, I think we’ve picked the perfect town, the perfect place in Australia to conduct an auction.”
FMG Director External Relations Deidre Willmott said that the FMG is absolutely delighted with the result of auction.
“We’ve always thought this is a fantastic project for the community,” she said.
Ms Willmott said that Variety came to FMG about two years ago to request some funding to add to current town support of the project, so Fortescue provided an interest free loan to get the house built.
“We’re very proud to be part of the community and this project is an absolute fit for Fortescue’s on-the-ground, in-the-community involvement,” she said.
More than 40 companies and suppliers jumped on board, volunteering and donating time, supplies and funds in Port Hedland.
Tradesmen and suppliers came out of the woodwork, which included roofing the whole building in two days.
“As you can see, the final house is beautiful,” Ms Willmott said.
Mr Pailthorpe said that with the success of this auction, he’d like to think such a project will happen again.
But perhaps it’s time for everyone to relax and enjoy this one first.
“You’d hope to do it again at some point,” he said, indicating that those involved are up for a bit of a rest in the interim.